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Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes and Seminars
Institute
June 9, 2014 - August 1, 2014
Washington, DC
The Library of Congress is accepting applications through March 24, 2014, for its week-long summer programs for K-12 educators. Held in Washington, DC, at the Library of Congress, the professional development institutes provide educators with tools and resources to integrate primary sources into classroom teaching, with an emphasis on student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge. Three sessions are open to K-12 teachers and school librarians across content areas, Session 1 June 9-13, Session 2 July 7-11, Session 3 July 21-25. A Science Seminar for upper elementary to secondary educators with teaching responsibilities directly related to the area of focus and a desire to tap the potential of primary sources for science education will be held July 14-18; and a Civil Rights Institute for teachers and school librarians with responsibilities related to civil rights July 28-Aug 1, 2014.

Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity
Conference
May 17, 2014 - May 21, 2014
Honolulu, HI
The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014. This year’s theme is, “Learn from Yesterday. Live for Today. Envision Tomorrow,” May 19-20, 2014. Speakers will discuss topics such as inclusive design for accessibility, advocacy, technology, and education. Pre-conference events will include an “International Forum on the Human Rights of People with Disabilities” May 17, and an “Anniversary Reception” May 18, 2014; post-conference May 21 will include workshops on applying ADA requirements and “Classification of Functioning, disability, and Health.”

Guiding Principle 3: Equity and Continuous Improvement in School Discipline and Climate
Web-based Event
April 29, 2014
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM   (Eastern)
The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education will present “Guiding Principle 3: Equity and Continuous Improvement,” on April 29, 2014, the final webinar in their 2013-2014 Supportive School Discipline (SSD) Webinar Series. It will review Guiding Principle 3, as outlined in “Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline” from the school discipline guidance package, a product of the Supportive School Discipline Initiative. The Webinar will identify Guiding Principle 3 action steps for eliminating discriminatory school discipline policies and practices and explore how to implement each step.

2014 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities: Building Engaging Educational Communities for Native Students
Forum
April 27, 2014 - April 30, 2014
Prior Lake, MN
The 2014 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities: Building Engaging Educational Communities for Native Students will be held April 27-30, 2014, in Prior Lake, Minnesota. The Forum is a professional development activity sponsored by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, the National Indian Education Association, the Alaska Staff Development Network, Minnesota Department of Education, the South Dakota Department of Education, the Wisconsin Department of Education, the Foundation for the Advancement of Culture and Education, Leech Lake Tribal College, and Augsburg College. It will feature presentations on strategies that work with native students who are at risk of dropping out of high school. The conference strands are: addressing the opportunity gap, instructional strategies to increase learning, emotional supports, school climate safety and student wellness, service learning and restorative justice, digital communication and engagement, re-engagement and recovery strategies, and culture and language.

Ready by 21 National Meeting
Conference
April 22, 2014 - April 24, 2014
Covington, KY
The 2014 Ready by 21 National Meeting is an opportunity to network with colleagues and experts from around the nation about what’s been, what’s been learned, and what’s on the horizon, with information about research, experiences, and strategies for creating change and measuring impact in programs, communities and states. Topics will include: Building and strengthening your partnerships; expanding learning outcomes and opportunities; aligning policies and resources; reaching opportunity youth; evaluating coalitions; certifying programs, leadership structures and backbone organization; and creating child and youth master plans.

ASCD 69th Annual Conference
Conference
March 15, 2014 - March 17, 2014
Los Angeles, CA
The ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show is a professional development event for education, where attendees can explore new ideas in education, examine developments in content areas or grade levels, stretch their professional development learning into new areas, and focus on issues of concern to examine in depth.

Using Student Surveys: Implications for State and District Policy
Forum
March 14, 2014
Washington, DC
AYPF is hosting a series of forums examining the use of student surveys to inform continuous improvement of teaching and learning. The third forum in the series, “Using Student Surveys: Implications for State and District Policy,” will focus on the use of student surveys at the district and state levels, with discussion of the Consortium on Chicago School Research’s Illinois Five Essentials, the Denver Public Schools’ Leading Effective Academic Practice work, and the Colorado Legacy Foundation’s work on using student surveys with pilot districts.

Time to Reskill: A Practitioner Engagement Event
Web-based Event
March 13, 2014
No Location Specified
The U.S. Department of Education, the American Institutes for Research (AIR), and adult education advocates, will hold a webinar on “Time to Reskill: A Practitioner Engagement Event,” March 13, 2014. The webinar will provide a briefing on the recently released Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) data and on the report of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on America’s low-skilled population, “Time for the U.S. to Reskill?” The webinar will include a focused discussion about the issues facing adult education.

Family Law Institute for Judges and Lawyers
Conference
March 2, 2014 - March 5, 2014
Monterey, CA
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ conference on Family Law Institute for Judges and Lawyers, will be held March 2-5, 2014, in Monterey, CA. The institute will provide information and tools to improve case processing and outcomes for youth, families, victims, and communities. Topics will include e- discovery and ethics, effects of psychotropic medications, child toxic stress, child sexual and physical abuse and neglect, custody issues, cyber-stalking, interviewing children, and 21st-century parenting. Sessions will also highlight marriage and divorce in a post-Defense of Marriage Act world, trauma-informed courts, virtual contact visitation, and judicial health and wellness. Early bird registration ends February 6, 2014.

How Therapy Animal Programs Can Help Maltreated Children
Web-based Event
February 27, 2014
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), in collaboration with the National District Attorneys Association, will present “How Therapy Animal Programs Can Help Maltreated Children.” When children have been abused, neglected, or exposed to violence, telling adults about their experiences can be difficult and testifying in court can be traumatic. This webinar will focus on how therapy animals can help abused children through the court process and what professionals should consider when incorporating an animal-assisted intervention program. Therapy animals can greet children at advocacy centers, police stations, prosecutors’ offices, and court houses, and they can assist children during forensic interviews, medical examinations, therapy, court preparation, and testimony.

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